13 July 2017 – Three illnesses – malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea – account for over 42% of deaths of children under the age of 5 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In rural Tanganyika Province, a community-based diagnosis and treatment programme supported by WHO brings life-saving health coverage to vulnerable populations. Generously funded by the Government of Canada, the Rapid Access Expansion Programme (RAcE) helps the Ministry of Public Health to train and support community health workers in hard-to-reach areas.
13 June 2017 – In his latest Letter to Partners, Dr Pedro Alonso, Director of the Global Malaria Programme, shares malaria-focused updates from the Seventieth World Health Assembly and the 141st session of the WHO Executive Board. Other topics include World Malaria Day, the RTS,S country selection announcement, the Rapid Access Expansion programme, new guidance on elimination, the “E-2020 initiative and the latest meeting of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee.
2 June 2017 – Last August, at the request of the Director-General, WHO established an advisory group to analyse future scenarios for malaria, including eradication. The Strategic advisory group for malaria eradication (SAG) has developed a first report clarifying current terminology and affirming the Organization’s long-standing commitment to eradication without specifying an end date. Meeting on 1 June in Geneva, members of the WHO Executive Board expressed strong appreciation for the report and for the creation of the advisory group.
2 June 2017 – Health ministers from the South-East Asia Region and development partners gathered last week in Geneva to celebrate the achievement of malaria elimination in the Maldives and Sri Lanka. The event, co-hosted by the two countries alongside the 70th World Health Assembly, provided a platform to share best practices, strategies and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating progress across the Region.
1 June 2017 – Today more than 80% of the world’s population is at risk of vector-borne disease, with half at risk of two or more diseases. Mosquitoes, flies and bugs such as ticks can transmit diseases such as malaria, lymphatic filariasis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, Lyme disease and encephalitis. Over the past year, WHO has spearheaded a reprioritization of vector control, resulting in the Global Vector Control Response (GVCR) 2017–2030.
5 May 2017 – This year on World Malaria Day, WHO placed a special focus on prevention as a critical strategy for saving lives and reducing the burden of disease. The Global Malaria Programme published stories from 3 countries that have made major strides in expanding access to core malaria prevention tools: Kenya, Cameroon and Papua New Guinea.
Areas of work
- Diagnostic testing
- Drug resistance and response
- Entomology and vector control
- Malaria elimination
- High-risk groups
- Malaria vaccine development
- Preventive therapies
Fact sheets and Q&As
- WHO fact sheet on malaria
- Q&A on the malaria vaccine implementation programme (MVIP)
- Q&A on the Phase 3 trial results for malaria vaccine RTS,S/AS01
- Q&A on artemisinin resistance
Malaria vector control products evaluation
- Framework for a national plan for monitoring and management of insecticide resistance in malaria vectors
- A framework for malaria elimination
- Global Fund – funding proposal development – WHO policy brief 2016
- Test procedures for insecticide resistance monitoring in malaria vector mosquitoes (Second edition)
- Testing for G6PD deficiency for safe use of primaquine in radical cure of P. vivax and P. ovale
Other recent publications
- Malaria rapid diagnostic test performance. Results of WHO product testing of malaria RDTs: round 7 (2015-2016)
- WHO preferred product characteristics: endectocide for malaria transmission control
- Status report on artemisinin and ACT resistance (April 2017)
- Malaria Policy Advisory Committee meeting report (March 2017)
Closing the prevention gap
World Malaria Report
Global Technical Strategy
Policy Advisory Committee
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Registration open for the next meeting
The next MPAC meeting will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 17–19 October 2017. The first 2 days of the meeting are open to technical partners but advance registration is required.
Letter to partners
Health experts call for new tools to tackle vector-borne diseases
Ghana, Kenya and Malawi to take part in WHO malaria vaccine programme
WHO statements for World Malaria Day 2017
Call for applications for membership on the Technical Expert Group on Malaria Vector Control (VCTEG)
Getting to zero: WHO holds global forum to accelerate malaria elimination progress
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